Freakonomics Radio Archive

...The Most Interesting Fruit in the World The banana used to be a luxury good. Now it’s the most popular fruit in the U.S. and elsewhere. But the production efficiencies...

Will Covid-19 Spark a Cold War (or Worse) With China? (Ep. 414)

...fully integrating them, we would change their incentive structure and they would have the incentive to become what Bob Zoellick called a “responsible stakeholder” in the international economy and the...

A Rescue Plan for Black America (Ep. 453)

...of the book, from James Baldwin, who said: “For the Negro, there’s no difference between the North and the South, there’s just a difference in the way they castrate you,...

How to Be Better at Death (Ep. 450)

...working in the industry just a couple years, is the family takes care of the person. They come in. They witness the cremation. They’re there. You don’t do a lot...

Can Britain Get Its “Great” Back? (Ep. 393)

...of stamp duty, the property taxes we pay. We’re in charge of the tubes, the buses, the trams, and we run them very well. We’re not in charge of the...

The Economics of Sports Gambling (Ep. 388 Rebroadcast)

...in, the initial input is $260, and you have to put together a team roster, the same way the Yankees or the Mets or the Dodgers or the Kansas City...

Why Can’t Schools Get What the N.F.L. Has? (Ep. 431)

...felt. And in that, the N.F.L. felt the water around them heating up. So, they just wanted to go where the money is. And the money, in their view, was...

Two (Totally Opposite) Ways to Save the Planet (Ep. 346 Rebroadcast)

...they’re seeing in wheat, and they set up the International Rice Research Institute outside the Philippines, and they resolve to do the same thing with rice. And yields triple there....

Is $2 Trillion the Right Medicine for a Sick Economy? (Ep. 411)

...travel. Glenn Hubbard learned a lot about the airline industry after the 9/11 attacks. HUBBARD: They’re very important in moving mail, certain high-value shipments. And in the Bush administration, we...

How Rahm Emanuel Would Run the World (Ep. 415)

...the sound guy at the studio. Rahm was in a terrible mood, they warned. He had injured his leg the night before, and was in intense pain. In addition, Rahm’s...